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As U.S. Exits Syria, Mideast Faces a Post-American Era

As U.S. Exits Syria, Mideast Faces a Post-American Era by Ben Hubbard – New York Times

When Turkey, Iran and Russia meet to talk about the end of the war in Syria, they do so without the United States.

 

Peace talks to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been frozen for years, but the long-awaited Trump plan to break the impasse has yet to arrive.

 

And now, despite conflicting messages about how and when it will happen, the United States is set to withdraw from Syria.

 

The withdrawal, which the military said began with equipment removal on Friday, is just the latest instance of a broader American disengagement from the Middle East that could have lasting effects on one of the world’s most volatile regions.

 

As the United States steps back, Russia, Iran and regional strongmen increasingly step in to chart the region’s future…

Read on.